Our life in five. Minutes, that is. I have a mother-in-law headed into town, an end-of-season basketball tournament and a huge 4-H competition for the kids coming up in the next few days. But, I kinda feel like it’s been forever since I just chatted about life here at Casa Whitaker. First things first. It’s…

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Did you just get nominated to chair Vacation Bible School, or another church ministry? Here's 10 tips to make it a success!

I’m either delusional, slighty crazy, totally in love or a bit of all three. For seven of the last eight years I’ve served as the lead or co-lead for Vacation Bible School (VBS) at two different parishes. I wasn’t perfect and didn’t handle every situation perfectly, but I learned so many life lessons from taking…

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I hope you had a great day celebrating the mother of all birthdays – Happy Birthday Land of the Free! We had a really great day. We started the morning with the neighborhood parade. For some reason we missed it last year, but never again. So fun! After the parade, we hopped in the van…

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For the last six weeks, the “bigs” (Will, JP and ALG) have been rehearsing and practicing for the church Christmas play.  They had several rehearsals, lots of line practicing and costume fittings.  Here’s how it broke down: Will playing the prophet Isaiah John Paul playing a talking angel Anna-Laura playing a non-talking angel Showtime was…

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I don’t know about you, but Mass is sometimes my purgatory.  No offense, God.  [none taken, I hope He replied]. With littles underfoot – and bigs who pester them – making it through the hour-long Mass, all while gleaning some bit of divine knowledge is tough to do.  In the last decade or so of “surviving”,…

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